Body image. It’s that little voice in our heads that tells that we don’t look like we should. That voice once got so strong for me that I couldn’t hear anything else in my head except for the words ‘you need to be skinnier’.
I had never been overweight. I was an active person up until my last year of high school when I was diagnosed with depression. After that, I turned to alcohol and that’s what I stuck with for many years, leading me to carry around that little bit of extra drinking weight.
I didn’t really have any qualms about my appearance until a new friend came into my life and she was quite skinny. She shared with me her experiences with eating disorders over the years and then all of a sudden it clicked in my head that I needed to be skinnier. It went downhill from there.
I drastically changed what and how I was eating, and I was drinking myself to oblivion any chance that I got. The weight dropped off and before I knew it, what I considered to be compliments began flowing. “You’ve lost weight” or “You’re looking really thin” – I was loving it, however no one, not even my boyfriend at the time knew what was going on.
"I taught myself about nutrition and what my body needed to be the best that it could." Photo source: supplied
Believe it or not, I secretly kept these habits going until the day that I found out that I was pregnant with my first child. I should not have been able to get pregnant, my body was a mess and after all the things that I had done to it over the years, it was a miracle. The moment I came to terms with being pregnant, I went out and devoured a foot long sub. Eating disorder? What eating disorder?
I was ready to begin a new life, I was about to become a mother, so I needed to change. However when I was 3 months pregnant, I was dumped and I spiralled into a horrible depression where I could not physically eat anything. I was trying so hard to become a better person for my baby, I really tried, but the stress was far too much for me and I was then diagnosed with gestational diabetes.